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Allowing text input with the Textbox widget.

You can use the Textbox widget to let users provide any text that needs to be displayed, including formulas. You can use a submit button to create plots with the given input.

import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
from matplotlib.widgets import TextBox
fig, ax = plt.subplots()
t = np.arange(-2.0, 2.0, 0.001)
s = t ** 2
initial_text = "t ** 2"
l, = plt.plot(t, s, lw=2)

def submit(text):
    ydata = eval(text)
    ax.set_ylim(np.min(ydata), np.max(ydata))

axbox = plt.axes([0.1, 0.05, 0.8, 0.075])
text_box = TextBox(axbox, 'Evaluate', initial=initial_text)

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